Denominations

Pennies / Cents

Two Cent
Pieces


Three Cent
Nickels


Nickels

Dimes

Quarters

Half Dollars

Silver Dollars



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Tuesday September 27, 2016


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Pennies / Cents
Large Cents were minted from 1793 through 1857. Small cents began with Flying Eagle Cents, followed by Indian Head Pennies and Lincoln Cents The Lincoln penny comes in several varieties, including Wheat Pennies, Steel Pennies and Lincoln Memorial Pennies

Nickels
Production of five cent nickels began with Shield Nickels in 1866. They were followed by Liberty Head "V" Nickels, the popular Buffalo Nickel and the Jefferson Nickel still in use today. During World War II, Jefferson nickels were struck in silver creating Silver War Nickels

Dimes
Seated Liberty Dimes had the longest production run of any nineteenth century dime design. They were followed by Barber Liberty Head Dimes, the artistic Mercury Dimes and the Roosevelt Dime still in use today. This traditionally silver coin was struck on copper coated alloys beginning in 1965.

Quarters
Seated Liberty Quarters had the longest production run of any nineteenth century quarter design. They were followed by Barber Quarters and Standing Liberty Quarters. Washington Quarters first struck in 1932 are still in use today. This traditionally silver coin was struck on copper coated alloys beginning in 1965.

Half Dollars
Seated Liberty Half Dollars had the longest production run of any nineteenth century half-dollar design. Walking Liberty Half Dollars and Franklin Half Dollars formed the bulk of twentieth century half dollars struck in silver. Kennedy Half Dollars first struck in 1964 are still in use today.

Silver Dollars
Morgan Silver Dollars were minted in vast quantities, taking advantage of silver supplied by extensive mining in the American West. They were followed by Peace Silver Dollars, the last true American silver dollars. Some collector editions of the Eisenhower Dollar contained a small quantity of silver.





Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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